Karen Grabowski
See her work at Gypsy Song ArtWorks


"I’m getting better—faster—and I know it’s because of the music. Music has charms to soothe a savage disease…"
Suzanne, BMTU Patient


“Physicians and nurses are discovering that art, music, dance and poetry can all have profound healing effects on their patients. Art brings to the human spirit a sense of freedom and joy. The spirit freed helps the body heal. Replacing fear with hope and darkness with light is the essence of modern body-mind-spirit medicine.”
Source: "Creative Healing," by Michael Samuels, M.D. & Mary Rockwood lane, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.

This use of art and music in medicine is not new. It dates back much farther, from chants in ancient tribal ritual to references in Greek mythology. In the 1850s during the Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale said “I shall never forget the rapture of fever patients over a bunch of bright colored flowers. People say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too.”

Created by professionals who have worked in the field of Art & Healing for decades, Healing Art Source (HAS) is the first national web-based resource that puts you in touch with products and services that use the creative arts to help you deal with your illness and your healing process. These artists have dedicated their lives to this work, and have brought thousands of patients a sense of peace, a moment of joy, or a feeling of community during their illness. Now, through this website, you can pick from a variety of products and services to make you feel better. Following the philosophy of patient-driven care, you can bring the arts into your home and experience them on your own time and your own schedule, alone or with your family or friends.

Closely aligned with healthcare & arts programs throughout the country, our artists and their products have a proven track record in this field. Whether you’re looking for healing music, guided imagery CDs, visual art projects that you can do at the bedside, or meditation DVDs, HAS offers a variety of ways to put you in touch with your own creative healing process.


Modern Research Finds Art has Impact on Health!

Art-making reduces anxiety in patients with cancer and blood diseases.

Music raises pain thresholds and reduces postoperative pain medications.

Creative writing reduces anxiety, depression, and doctor visits.

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